WordPress plugins are the most essential tools of any website. These tools can take your business to the next level. You can use the WordPress plugins to customize the design of your website, for providing security and privacy, to implement different features on your website and many more.
When we create our first website, especially newbie in this field, we are very confused about the plugins which we should have on our websites.
So today in this post, I will not tell you the best plugins you should install but the top 10 WordPress Plugins you must install right away after creating your website.
1. Classic Editor
After the update of the WordPress 5.0, many users must be facing the issue of the new editor. In this new update, WordPress has added Gutenberg Editor to provide users a new experience of writing.
Well, it is modern and many users are finding it difficult to use. So to get the old version of the editor, you must install the Classic Editor Plugin. After activating the plugin, it will disable the new version of the editor and restore the previous version.
You can also set the default editor of your choice for all the users on your website. Simply, you need to navigate to Settings > Writing and then select the default editor.
2. Yoast SEO Plugin
Another must-have WordPress Plugin is Yoast SEO Premium.
It is the best plugin for the On-Page SEO of your website. I am using it from past 3 years and have got amazing results.
Through this plugin, you can write SEO-Friendly Content, set focus keywords for your blog posts/articles, add meta tags and provides a snippet preview which shows how your post or page will look like in google search results.
You can integrate it with the Google Webmaster Tools. Yoast SEO is the most popular WordPress Plugin.
3. Social Warfare
Another plugin I would like to recommend is Social Warfare.
Social Warfare is an amazing plugin to add share buttons in your post. It will help you to get more social shares of your post/article and drive more traffic to your website.
You can choose from top social networks buttons like
It is light, fast and attractive. You can purchase Social Warfare plugin for a single website in just $29 here
4. Insert Headers And Footers
Insert Headers And Footers is a must-have plugin for your WordPress Website.
While managing your website, you may have to add some code snippets to the header or footer of the website. But if you will directly edit them through the editor, maybe you can break your theme files.
So to stay safe, you can use this plugin to add code to the header or footers of your website. Some of its features are:
- Easy To Set Up
- You Can Insert Any Scripts
- Add Google Analytics code To Any Theme
- You Can Add Custom CSS Across Any Theme.
- You Can Easily Insert Facebook Pixel Code
5. Simple Author Box
Simple Author Box plugin adds a responsive author box at the end of your blog post.
It will show the author’s name, gravatar, description, and over 30 social media profile icons. I use it on this blog. Some of its best features are:
- It Supports AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages)
- It gives a nice and attractive look of the author profile.
- You can fully customize it according to your website’s theme, color, and background.
6. W3 Total Cache
I personally use W3 Total Cache and believe me it the best WordPress Plugin to optimize your website speed and make it load faster.
Every blogger knows that website’s speed is the most important ranking factor in Google. Faster websites rank higher than slower websites. Even a fraction of second can matter.
The faster your website, the higher you will rank which means more visitors and more conversions.
Some of the key features are:
- It allows you to minify your CSS, HTML files which helps your code to get short and load faster.
- It allows you to served cached and compressed files to the visitors which reduces the load on the server and your website loads faster.
- It helps in minification of posts and pages and feeds.
- It also gives AMP support.
7. Really Simple SSL
Really Simple SSL plugin helps to detect SSL Certificate on your website and move your website to SSL in one single click. I have created a separate post on How To Install Free SSL Certificate On Your WordPress Website Using Cloudflare (Step By Step Guide).
You can easily implement SSL Certificate Using Really Simple SSL Plugin on your website by following that guide.
8. One Signal: Web Push Notifications
By using One Signal Plugin, you can send push notifications to the visitors when you post a new article on your website.
It is an amazing way to engage your audience to keep coming back to your website.
It is very easy to install on your website. Simply, download the plugin, activate it and configure it the way you want to. After installing the plugin, whenever a user visits your website, he will see a pop-up to subscribe. If the user finds your website worth to be subscribed, he will definitely subscribe it.
Some of the key features are:
- It supports multiple browsers like Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Firefox.
- It sends notifications to specific visitors.
- You can easily customize when and how to ask your visitors to subscribe.
If you find any difficulty to configure it, you can follow this guide How to Use Push Notifications with OneSignal
9. WP Smush
WP Smush is a must-have plugin for your WordPress Website if you really want your site to be well-optimized for SEO.
WP Smush is essential for resize, optimize, and compress all of your images you upload on your website.
Smaller in size your images will be, the lesser load will be on your server and hence your website will load faster. And as I always say, the faster your website, you higher you will rank.
So the last plugin I would like to recommend is BackupBuddy. Look, we have to provide a great security to our websites in case of any hardware failure or attack on the host server.
It is not affordable to lose any data. So, there is no better security than having a genuine backup system.
BackUpBuddy is a great tool to backup your WordPress website and recovers it in a single click.
WordPress Plugins are essential tools for giving new features to our website. I hope this article helped you to install basic plugins for your website.
If you have any query then feel free to ask through the comment section below. Keep Picking, Keep Sharing 🙂